|Date of Report: Tuesday, 26th November 2019|
|Name: Martin Smuts
It may be a safe bet to say that hardly any fly fishing has taken place along the upper south coast over the last couple of weeks, what with the heavy rainfall and severe weather conditions experienced recently, resulting in very few fishable weather days.
Now when those few favourable weather days do present themselves, those of us who had been patiently waiting for just such opportunities found ourselves in the surf zone. Having not travelled too far, not knowing what the distant water conditions would be like, we decided to fish our local waters and found ourselves on the flat sandy beaches of Durban, North Beach, between Suncoast and Blue Lagoon.
For our festive season visitors who are considering packing a fly rod and trying their hand at some saltwater fly fishing, there are fish to be caught, although the festive season does bring the crowds to town, nevertheless.
The ever-obliging Wave Garrick aka Large Spot Pompano are usually eager to take a fly, if you can find a school chances are you will get more than one fish. One of the advantages of targeting Wave Garrick is that it is not entirely necessary to perform those classic long-distance casts that are so often associated with saltwater fly fishing. Short casts straight ahead or parallel to the beach, into the rolling white water not more than roughly a meter in depth and sometimes as shallow as ankle depth, is more than enough to get a take from one of these feisty little fish. Using my go to method, tandem rigged flies, a Charlie pattern with an extra foot or so of mono or flouro attached to a point fly, usually a small shrimp style fly, it was just a matter of finding them. My mate and I, together, managed in excess of 25 fish on two separate occasions. Now I must admit that the Wave Garrick down in Durban are usually a fair bit smaller than their North Coast cousins, but what they lack in size they certainly make up for in readiness to take a fly. Then again there is also the chance of hooking into other species that call our East Coast surf zone home, from little rats and mice like the Thorn fish and Banana Fish (not sure what the correct name is) to prized species like the African Pompano that are a common catch on bait, you never know what will take your fly next.
So even though the weather conditions haven’t been great, if you find a gap and put in some time, you will most likely be rewarded.
Large Spot or Wave Garrick photos below